6 Mar 2014

Team Australia launch first boat and name America's Cup captain

2:09 pm on 6 March 2014

The Olympic sailing champion Mathew Belcher has been named skipper of Australia's new America's Cup team.

The 2012 London Games gold medallist's appointment was unveiled along with Team Australia's first boat, a new AC45 catamaran in Sydney today.

The boat and its crew will spend the next few days training with America's Cup defenders Oracle Team USA, on Sydney Harbour.

Team Australia is being bankrolled by Bob Oatley's Hamilton Island Yacht Club and is the challenger of record for the 35th America's Cup, giving it the right to help decide the rules and location for the event.